A spatiotemporal approach for fast absolute shape measurements is formulated. In principle, the Takeda method is used in combination with the reduced temporal phase-unwrapping scheme to calculate the absolute phase. Three different measurements are performed: a flat surface, steps, and a curved beam with varying cross sections. The performance in standard deviation is improved, and the success rate is approximately the same as that obtained with a strict temporal solution for which a four-bucket phase algorithm is used. The multichannel approach is also used. Then only one static image is needed. It should therefore be possible to measure objects in motion.
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